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Ted's Journey

I was born Sarah but you can call me Ted. I love the quiet life, I love decent people, I love family dinners. Few people are easy to please and you rely on really basic joys to make your day worthwhile, I think that's the recipe for a happy life.

Beauty to me is authenticity, it's honestly not really giving a damn about what anyone thinks. It's about living your true self.

There are no moments in my day where I have to stop, do a u-turn and re-think about what's being presented on the outside because it's all pretty much true to form.

Ted

Authenticity is what happens beyond the mirror. It's not a reflection, it's just the truth. What you are at your most comfortable and your most vulnerable is your most authentic self.

I've always been comfortable with who I am and up until about two years ago, I was comfortable with no one else really knowing who that person was. I decided that was also limiting me from truly getting close to anyone. They didn't know who I was so, about two years ago I decided to actually start trying and to put it into a physical process. The melding of the internal self to the external self.

I guess being saturated from a really young age with this stereotype, I now understand a misconception of plastic surgery as something that was not for me, on every level; financially, socially. I guess personality-wise, I just never considered myself the person that would go by this route.

When I finally made the decision to have the surgery, I definitely factored in whom I chose because it is quite a specific surgery and I guess the results hold another level to them in terms of their believability.

You want the best results possible, but for me, another big part of it was moral integrity. I guess coming to terms with myself and breaking down my own stereotypes about plastic surgery, I wanted to go with someone else that had some sort of ethical foundation that I could gel with.

I like that he has a bit of a moral compass in terms of the jobs that he agrees to take on.

I'm thirty years old now and I'm only just sort of having puberty so to speak so I've only just become my adult shape, from an external perspective, but we all know that the external is really closely linked with the internal. There are no moments in my day where I have to stop, do a u-turn and re-think about what's being presented on the outside because it's all pretty much true to form.

It's really important for me and I think within my community, to make this accessible to everyone. I want people to understand, particularly people living in Newcastle, that this is here, you don't necessarily need to take the journey to a major centre for this to become a possibility for you.

I also want to try and break that misconception that plastic surgery is for a particular group of people because that's just another prejudice in itself. I think as a society we are shying away from prejudice.